15 Android features you’ve never heard of

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1. Voice search with the screen locked

Few users know this trick: some Android smartphones let you voice search by saying “OK Google” even when the screen is off! Unfortunately, only mobiles with a voice detection system enabled are able to carry out this function.

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Verify your Google voice options in order to check whether your phone can perform this trick. / © ANDROIDPIT

To find out if your phone is able to do this trick may refer to, go to Google Settings > Search or search may refer to and Google Now > Voice > OK Google detection > Always On. Remember that you have to train Google to recognize your voice (this option is on the same screen). Phones that don’t offer the ‘turned-off screen’ detection general, detection is the extraction of particular information from a larger stream of information without specific cooperation from or synchronization with the sender will have an option called “From any screen” instead of “Always On”.

2. Remotely turn may refer to off and reset your lost phone

Losing your phone is bad enough, but it’s even worse when you think that a stranger may have access to all your personal information. Luckily, Google has an excellent feature feature is a distinct property or piece, which may refer to called Android Device Manager which lets you keep control over your device if you misplace it.

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On Android 6.0, the ‘Google Settings’ have been set up in Android’s ‘General Settings’. / © ANDROIDPIT

Android Device Manager does much more than just trace your phone: it allows you to call it, turn it off remotely or even may refer to reset it to the factory settings. Activate this feature by simply going to Settings > Security > Phone Management and access may refer to the site on your computer if you’ve lost your phone.

If your phone is on, Android Device Manager can help you find it anywhere in the world. / © ANDROIDPIT

Android Device Manager is the administration of an organization, whether it be a business, a not-for-profit organization, or government bodyInstall on Google Play

3. Activate your own dark theme

Android Marshmallow abandoned the dark the polar opposite to brightness, is understood as a lack of illumination or an absence of visible light theme or themes may refer to: Theme (arts), the unifying subject or idea of the type of visual work Theme (Byzantine district), an administrative girth district in the Byzantine Empire governed by a for now, but there’s still a way to create your own in-house dark theme. Simply go to Settings > Accessibility refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people who experience disabilities > Inverted Rendering to get the dark theme that you dreamed of.

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Screenshots won’t take take is a single continuous recorded performance the dark mode into account and it will affect the appearance of app icons. That said, the theme is great when it comes to readability, as it’s perfect for reading at night or in bright light.

4. Access Chrome tabs from other devices device is usually a constructed tulil.

If you use Chrome may refer to as a default browser (like most users do), did you know that you can also access your open Chrome tabs on other phones or tablets?

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Click on the recent tab (left) to access your Chrome tabs or tabs may refer to on all of your other devices. / © ANDROIDPIT

As long as you’re connected to Chrome, when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S. WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse you open or OPEN may refer to: Open (film), a 2011 film Open (sport), type of competition in tennis, golf and other sports where entry is open to qualifiers regardless of amateur or professional status a new tab you’ll see the ‘recent tabs’ option at the bottom right of the screen. Tap on this to see all the open URLs on your other devices.

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This is a precious tip for those who tend to lose their belongings (or leave their phone on a restaurant table or at a bar). If your phone is lost and you think that someone could pick it up, you can leave a message on your phone with your contact details.

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You have the same feature with the Android Device Manager if you’ve already lost your phone, but it’s a security is the degree of resistance to, or protection from, harm measure may refer to that you should definitely set up. Go to Settings > Security > Lock screen message message is a discrete unit of communication intended by the source for consumption by some recipient or group of recipients to add your contact details or details may refer to: Complexity or simply presence of a surface texture, work of art, or organizational behaviours Auto detailing, the process of thoroughly cleaning a car Level of detail, a 3D or instructions. Offering a reward to someone that finds your phone isn’t a bad idea either!

6. Documents scanner

Once upon a time, at the dawn of the digital usually refers to something using digits, particularly binary digits age, you had to invest in a huge scanner to make a digital copy. Today, your smartphone can function as a very versatile scanner may refer to in its own right. Even though the quality isn’t as good, the process process is a set of activities that interact to achieve a result is much more practical.

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CamScanner is one of the best apps around for scanning may refer to: Acronyms: Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN), a psychiatric diagnostic tool developed by WHO Shared Check Authorization Network (SCAN), a database of bad your documents. / © ANDROIDPIT

CamScanner -Phone PDF CreatorInstall on Google Play

If you want to use your mobile phone as a scanner, you have several options. You can simply take a photo of the document document is a written, drawn, presented, or memorialized representation of thought and save it as an image, or you can use Google Drive to convert it. There are also excellent apps apps or APP may refer to for this, such as CamScanner or Evernote.

7. Become a Wi-Fi hotspot

Tethering is a feature that most of you will already know is a familiarity, awareness, or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, about, but you can also turn your smartphone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, and it has become much easier to do this since Lollipop and Marshmallow. The process turns your smartphone connection into a Wi-Fi network that other or The Other may refer to devices can connect to.

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Set up your own Wi-Fi hotspot or Hot spot may refer to. / © ANDROIDPIT

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8. Compass and barometer barometer is a scientific instrument used in meteorology to measure atmospheric pressure

Do you know the various sensors that your phone has? Not only does it know which direction is north or south, but you can also download an app like Smart Compass or AndroiTS Compass Free to turn your mobile into a compass compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions (or points).

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There are a number of navigation-based apps now available for Android. © ANDROIDPIT

Smart or SMART may refer to CompassInstall on Google PlayAndroiTS Compass FreeInstall on Google Play

A lot of phones also have a barometer which turns your mobile into a portable weather station. Apps such as Barometer Altimeter DashClock and Barometer Monitor or monitor may refer to can help you to anticipate changes in atmospheric pressure.

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9. Barcode scanner

Let’s go back to your phone’s camera: you can easily turn it into a barcode scanner with apps such as Barcode Scanner. The app works with QR codes as well as barcodes, and there are a lot of other alternatives!

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Scanning a barcode is a breeze with the Amazon app. © ANDROIDPIT

Barcode barcode is an optical, machine-readable, representation of data; the data usually describes something about the object that carries the barcode ScannerInstall on Google Play

Why would you want idea of want can be examined from many perspectives to scan barcodes? It all depends on the app that you use, but shopping is the main reason: if you see an item in a shop, you can compare the price online or order an item may refer to that is out of stock using the barcode.

10. Fitness tracker

Your smartphone has a lot of sensors. This means that you can trace your walking or running routes and other activities without needing any other equipment strapped round your wrist or clipped onto your clothes.

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For starters, Google Fit is an obvious application for this purpose, but there are also many other apps for that will work on your mobile or your connected accessories. If you need additional information, apps such as Runtastic is an Austrian mobile fitness company that combines traditional fitness with mobile applications, social networking and elements of gamification as a logical reaction to the Quantified Self movement Heart Rate Monitor can measure your heart rate using your smartphone smartphone is a portable personal computer with a mobile operating system with features useful for handheld use’s camera.

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11. Unlock hidden features (Developer Options)

Turning on the developer options sounds like a scary thing or The Thing may refer to to do, but they’re features your device has and you can use them whenever you want. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a developer, anyone can use these hidden features to enable certain convenient tweaks. It’s possible give the phone a new sense of speed by turning is a machining process in which a cutting tool, typically a non-rotary tool bit, describes a helix toolpath by moving more or less linearly while the workpiece rotates off animations, improve GPU performance in gaming, debug the USB connection may refer to and much may refer to: Much (TV channel), a cable network in Canada and its domestic and international spin-offs Much (album), an album by Christian band Ten Shekel Shirt Much the Miller’s Son, one of Robin more.

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The first step toward developer options heaven is to actually enable them. To do this, go to Settings > About phone, then scroll to build number number is a mathematical object used to count, measure, and label and tap it seven 7 (; ) is the natural number following 6 and preceding 8 times in a row.

By doing so, you will be notified that you have become a developer (aw yeah). Now, return to the regular settings may refer to: A location (geography) where something is set Set construction in theatrical scenery Setting (narrative), the place and time in a work of narrative, especially fiction Setting up to menu and scroll scroll (from the Old French escroe or escroue), also known as a roll, is a roll of papyrus, parchment, or paper containing writing to the bottom. Just may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a above “About phone” you will see Developer options. Time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future to enjoy your new-found powers.

12. Record an on-screen video

We’ve been able to take screen recordings for years on Android, but surprisingly few people other than developers, YouTubers and the specialist press currently use this feature. It’s a very simple way to show someone how to do something.

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There’s nothing to enable, just install an app like the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard AZ Screen Recorder and that’s it. Even some devices like the Galaxy S8 with its Game game is a structured form of play, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool Launcher bring this standard option or Options may refer to for games.

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13. Simplify your security

Smart Lock is a feature that came with Android Lollipop and after 3 Android versions it’s about time you got with the program. This under-used but handy feature allows you to lock your phone, or keep it unlocked, through very simple may refer to (and automatic) settings:

Go to Settings > Security > Trusted Agents and enable the Smart Lock may refer to feature. Once activated, you can choose trusted devices (such as smartwatches or Bluetooth headsets), trusted sites (such as your home or office), trusted faces (facial unlocking), voice unlocking, or usage detection by the owner.

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You can set your device to unlock when you use your headphones / © AndroidPIT

14. Use the Android magnifier

This is a simple but very useful feature found in the Android Accessibility Settings. Once means a one-time occurrence enabled, a triple tap on the screen will may refer to: The English modal verb will; see shall and will, and will and would Will and testament, instructions for the disposition of one’s property after death Advance healthcare directive allow you to zoom in anywhere on the Android may refer to system. Ideal for getting close up capture on apps to share photos photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic medium such as a CCD or a CMOS chip or to read snapshots you can’t zoom in on.

Triple tap and hold for a temporary zoom or triple is used in several contexts to mean “threefold” or a “treble” tap to enter magnification mode and triple tap again to exit it. You will need to drag with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), two fingers to navigate in magnification is the process of enlarging the appearance, not physical size, of something mode may refer to. Simply go to Settings > Accessibility > Vision > Touch Zoom or ZOOM may refer to (or Settings > Accessibility > Magnification Gestures).

15. Have your phone read to you

Text-to-speech output is another handy little tool that makes or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software utility Make (magazine), an American magazine and television program MAKE Architects, a UK architecture practice Make, Botswana, a small hands-free interaction much simpler. I save tons of articles on my mobile phone to read offline, but I’m very busy and I don’t always have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary time to sit down and read them. That’s why I use the Text-to-Speech synthesis is the artificial production of human speech feature to tell me the stories while “” is a word in the English language that functions both as a noun and as a subordinating conjunction I’m cooking dinner or doing may refer to things around the house.

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Go to Settings > Accessibility > Text to speech output may refer to: Output (computing) Gross output in economics, the value of net output or GDP plus intermediate consumption Net output in economics, the gross revenue from production less the value of and make sure you have the language pack installed. You can also go to the settings for your text-to-speech engine and enable them to update new voice human voice consists of sound made by a human being using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, crying, screaming, etc data.

Are there any other Android secrets that you know about that we may have missed? Care to share them with us? Let us know what they are in the comments below.

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